North District XC Relays – 14/10/2017

2 Golds, 2 Silvers, 1 Bronze and everyone giving it their all sums up an outstanding day for MRR at the North District XC Relays. East Sutherland AC once again played host to the Relays with the Edderton course providing the usual mix of hills, water and excellent conditions.

First off were the junior girls with 3 MRR teams on the start line. A great effort from the girls with the team of Beth Urquhart, Ellyn Smith and Grace Whelan proving too good on the day for their rivals to claim Gold and set the standard for the other teams. Well done to Harriet, Nicole, Niamh, Megan, Morven and Grace for tremendous runs over the 2.5k course and for providing great vocal support throughout.

2 MRR boys teams battled hard in the junior boys race with  the trio of Roy Taylor, Joshua Milne and Blair Milne rewarded with a Bronze, not too far behind Ross County and Inverness Harriers. Our other team of Liam, Bruce and Morgan could not have given anymore and can be justifiably proud of their performance.

The Senior Men and Ladies set off together with senior and masters medals up for grabs. Our 5 teams performed admirably with the Leg 1 runners jostling for positions over the 4k course. Without knowing the running order of other teams it is hard to predict how things will unfold but what an outstanding effort from the Senior Ladies team to power through to take Gold from HHR and Forres Harriers. Really well done Susan Rae, Justine Blaszk and Louise Cartmell. The Masters team of Karen, Amanda and Maria and, also, Clare made sure that yellow vests were prominent throughout the race with our Masters just missing out on Bronze.

In the Men’s race it was always going to be hard against powerful Inverness Harriers A and B Teams and an excellent HHR Masters Team. Therefore, Senior Silvers for Colin Green, James Wilson, Gareth Jenkins and Kenny Wilson and Masters Silvers for Martin Bain, Robert Bruce, Nigel Williams and Andy Alexander were the best MRR could have hoped for so a great effort from the men and, also, Jason, Brian, Darrin and Simon for a strong B Team performance. Well done also to Kenny for posting the joint fastest leg of the day.

Everyone should be incredibly proud of their part in making this another successful day for the Club so well done everybody and thank you as always to our East Sutherland hosts, Ross Cairns and SA officials for a fantastic event.

Report by:  Gareth Jenkins

Grampian Athletics League Final – 10/09/2017

What a fantastic day at the Grampian Athletics League Final today in Aberdeen. All age groups represented and outstanding contributions from all our athletes in attendance, especially from those who willingly stepped out of their comfort zone to pick up as many team points as possible. A special mention must go to the new U11 Girls Grampian Athletics League Champions……Moray Road Runners 

Thank you as always to the athletes, parents, helpers and coaches for another great season.

Gareth Jenkins

MRR U11G 2017 North of Scotland Champions competing against the likes of Aberdeen, Dundee, Inverness etc at 100m, 800m, HJ and SP in A and B String races and the 4 x 100m. Really proud of Aaliyah, Mica, Lauren and Julia – 9 races; 6 wins, 1 x 2nd, 1 x 3rd and 1 x 4th = 65 pts from a HPS of 72. An absolutely fantastic team performance

Pictures

Peter McCloud

Scottish 10km Champs – Stirling

Kenny and Susan

Wow excited is the word today!

Kenny Wilson finished 4th in the Scottish 10k champs in Stirling with a great 25sec pb of 30.46

Susan Rae finished in 43.11. Rain and windy in bits but outstanding run!

Great running guys

Results

Report by:  Carol Sim

Fife Athletic Club Festival of Trail Running & Scottish Mid Trail Championships – 02/09/2017

Another good result from Grace Whelan.

Grace won U17s by a minute. She said it was more like a hill race than a trail!

Her sister Alex in the pic was in the u11 fun run

Information

Report by:  Carol Sim

 

Final long and triple jump open meet. Knockando -27/08/2017

Georgie Newlands, Kyle Wilkinson, David Scott (Forres), William Hodi (Nairn), Katie Walker, Archie Bain, Hannah Wallace (Cumbernauld), Scott Hamilton (Elgin)

8 athletes representing 5 clubs participated at the last of the Knockando open jumps meets for this season.

We saved the best till last with Archie Bain gaining 4 PB out of 6 jumps finishing with 3.34m.

Georgie Newlands U15g had to battle with Cumbernauld’s Hannah Wallace, who proved just a little bit stronger.

The U15 boys with Kyle Wilkinson (MRR), David Scott (Forres) and William Hodi (Nairn) had a good long jump competition but an even better triple jump. Kyle Wilkinson has never competed at TJ but was persuaded to give it a try competing against the Scottish ranked #4 and #7.

Kyle’s second jump took him to #1 in the TJ U15b rankings and needless to say a new MRR club record.

Archie, Romilly Cruickshank, Katie Walker, Kyle Wilkinson and William Hodi took the medals for most improved PB over the series.

Our meets series has attracted top seeded athletes in different age groups in both long and triple jump. We look forward to next season and more great competitions.

Our thanks to the officials, without whom these meets could not take place.

Report by:  Marjery Swinton

Scottish U15 Age Championships

These were held in Scotstoun, Glasgow on Sunday 20/08/2107

Inspired after his visit to the World Championships, 13 year old Kyle Wilkinson won bronze in long jump with yet another massive PB of 5.86m. He has broken the club long jump record 3 times this season.

Report by:  Marjery Swinton

Speyside Series

Michelle Donaldson Slater and James WIlson, both MRRs, won the Speyside Series this year over the 3 races.

They also won the 12 mile wind farm race today.  Michelle broke the ladies course record!

Martin Bain received the most improved trophy taking a 7 min off last years time!

Well done to all that took part 👍🏻

Report by:  Carol Sims

Outdoor SUPERteams – 17/06/2017

The Scottish Athletics U12 Outdoor SUPERteams took place at Inverness Athletics Stadium on Sat 17 Jun 17.  It is a national event with clubs from all over Scotland entering teams of 4 x boys or girls to compete in the 75m Sprint, Long Jump, Turbo Javelin and the 4 x 100m.  The top 3 competitors in each team scored with the 1st boy or girl in each event scoring 100 pts, 2nd 99 pts and so on.  Moray Road Runners entered both a boys and a girls team.

BOYS TEAM

The boys team consisted of Lewis Paterson, Roy Taylor, Luca Sutherland and Brodie Buchan.

4 x 100m.  The boys first event was the 4 x 100m, with a couple of middle distance runners, they were always going to struggle but they went around in a very respected time of 1:09.20.

Long Jump.  Roy achieved the longest MRR jump of the day with a very good jump of 3.32m.  Lewis was 2nd with 2.89m, Luca just behind with 2.83m. Brodie, new to LJ, scored a respectable 2.09m.

75m Sprint.  The boys performed well in the 75m.  Roy was top scorer again finishing 4th in H5 in 12.54, Luca finished 4th in H4 with 13.51, Lewis 4th in H3 in 13.68 and Brodie following on with the respectable time of 14.19.

Turbo Javelin.  Lewis came 3rd in Pool 2 with a very impressive throw of 13.24m.  Roy was behind him with 10.47m, Luca 8.22m and Brodie 7.10m.

GIRLS TEAM

The girls team consisted of Nicole Taylor, Lauren Abbott, Aaliyah McCloud and Mica McCloud.

75m.  The girls started the day with the 75m Sprint.  Mica achieved the fastest MRR sprint of the day finishing 3rd in her fast heat in 11.65.  Mica’s time was also the 6th fastest Girls 75m of the day scoring 95 pts.  Aaliyah won H3 in 11.99.  Lauren (aged 9!), with her textbook dip for the line, achieved 2nd in her heat with a great time of 12.28.  Nicole (a middle distance runner) ran a very respectable time of 13.38.

Long Jump.  The girls struggled with their speed and run ups in the LJ due to running into a very strong headwind, all sadly jumping well below their best.  Mica had the longest jump with 2.80m, Aaliyah 2.71m, Lauren 2.26m and Nicole 2.24m.

Turbo Javelin.  The girls did well in the Turbo Javelin, especially considering they were all inexperienced with it. Aaliyah scored best with 11.01m, then Mica with 8.80m, Nicole 7.16m and Lauren 6.87m.

4 x 100m.  The girls finished the day on a high with a really good performance winning their heat of the 4 x 100m in the very impressive time of 1:02.46.  Lauren ran yet another fantastic first leg handing over 1st to Aaliyah at the 300m point, who ran hard down the back straight.  She handed over to Nicole who ran a great bend handing over to Mica to bring it home for the team.  They were overjoyed with the win.

All in all, our boys team did very well considering they were not experienced in the field events and were more middle distance runners than sprinters finishing 14th overall.  Ross County AC won the boys cup.

The young girls team, who were in with a chance of a medal, performed extremely well on the track but sadly lost vital points in the field events.  Despite this, they still did exceptionally well finishing 8th overall against some very stiff national competition.  Inverness Harriers won the girls cup.

All in all a really good performance by both teams.

Report by:  Peter McCloud

Marafun 2017

Moray Road Runners had a good entry for this year’s Marafun, below are the reports from our 2 Captains.  Colin and Karen.

Mens Teams

This year’s marafun saw 3 men’s teams enter (the most for a good number of years).

This was despite pull-outs over injury and illness, it was a credit to the club that the spaces were filled extremely quickly.

Kenny Wilson took total control of the start of the race, establishing a massive lead and lapping everyone by the time he had finished his leg.  He was backed up by Ryan Mclennan, James Wilson , Stephen Carmichael and Colin Green. The team finished 1st in 2hr 26 min.

The “B team” of Bill Murray, Kevin Morrison, Neil Purdie, Garry Henderson and John-Paul Downey finished in a very respectable 4th in a time of 2hr 50mins.

Our 3rd men’s team was the “C Fit team”. Simon MacDonald, Paul Jamieson, Toks Osunrinade, Brian Milne and Bernard Salmon all exceed their expectations to finish in the top half in a credible time of 3hr 25 mins.

Great effort by everyone, looking forward the next one in 2years time.

Ladies Team

So, here was me thinking that with all the new members I was a shoein for at least 2 ladies teams for Marafun 2017, maybe even 3 teams!!

However, I massively underestimated the popularity of the ladies and their happiness in running for everybody else!!

Thankfully I was able to pressgang, I mean have 4 willing volunteers to join me in representing Team Yella….. Sally, Eileen, Karen(me!) Suzanne and Justine …. Looking a pretty speedy bunch to compete with the 3!! Mens Teams for MRR.

Sadly Suzanne had to bail out last minute with a horrible bug and Elspeth stepped into the gap…

The Marafun is a great fun event,  incorporating 5 team members running 8 laps each of the High Street in a relay to complete a full marathon, organised bi-annually by the Elgin Rotary Club and raising money for local charities.

The day dawned bright and cool with a light wind…. Perfect running conditions…. We gathered in a sea of fluorescent yellow on the Courthouse steps for a team photo before all the respective captains sorted their teams out and issued the instructions … Run fast, don’t drop the baton, beat everyone else and meet in the pub after the prizes …. Simples

The weather Gods were relatively kind… temperate with light wind : check …. pouring rain for all bar the first runners : check …. We were all a bit damp by the time we were done … I actually think it rained to catch out Sally who ran first for us in the sun…. and then didn’t feel left out when she got soaked running again later for Bijou!

All 5 team members ran brilliantly … ably supported by Suzanne who came out and cheered us on…along with fabulous support from all of Team Yella, both runners and non runners alike…. and we finished in a massively respectable 3 hours 8 minutes, 14th overall and the first full ladies team to cross the line …. Title Defended!!

Here’s to 2019 ….. and we didn’t get thrown out of the pub either 😊

Report by:  Colin Green & Karen Norvell

Tamsin is sprinting her way to athletics success

A MORAY YOUNGSTER is blazing a trail in the world of athletics after recently retaining sprint titles in the North District championships.

At just 12, Elgin Academy pupil Tamsin Fowlie has the world at her feet – literally, as she continues to outstrip her contemporaries over 100m and 200m.

Tamsin, who is a member of both the Elgin Amateur Athletic Club and Moray Road Runners, is currently ranked as the fastest girl in Scotland in her age group over 60, 75, 100 and 200metres – and rated second in the 150m.

Dad Alistair said: “We are very proud of Tamsin and the hard work she has put in – she is now ranked in the top-10 for Long Jump while her current UK rankings for both the 100m and 200m place her in the top 20.

“Only recently she retained both here 100m and 200m Under-13 girls titles at the North District Championships in Inverness – and now she is looking to challenge for the podium in these events at the Scottish Age Group championships in August.”

Tamsin’s progress in her chosen sport has been remarkable, showing her amazing promise at just 11-years-old when she won the 80metre race at her age group in the Petrofac Athletics League final in Aberdeen – scooping the award for best girls’ track performance of the day.

While shining in the sprint events Tamsin is no slouch either over longer distances – taking on cross-country at her school.

Report by:  Inside Moray